This month we're focusing on one issue because we're hoping to get your help. That issue is funding for BC Parks.
The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia
JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER
Have you visited our provincial parks lately and noticed any of the following?
Broken, missing or vandalized signage
Missing or damaged trail markers
Trail braiding, exposed roots, broken or missing boardwalk slats
Bridges in need of repair or closed due to damage
Poorly maintained campground facilities
Ecological damage from lack of monitoring
Excessive litter or dumping of larger refuse
Motorized off-road vehicles (snowmobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.) playing in our parks
Overflowing parking lots
Well if you have we need your help. We want to document these issues because we believe that it's due to a lack of funding that we're seeing our parks looking less and less at their best.
Why has this happened? It seems that our parks just haven't been a priority when it comes to budgeting our provincial dollars. This is unfortunate because our provincial parks are actually a very good investment for BC. For each $1.00 invested in our parks, visitors spend around $8.40 on food, entertainment, transportation and other goods and services. Source: BC Parks Annual Report 2014 – 2015, page 38
Add to this the fact that between 1988 and 2011, our provincial park system hasmore than doubled in size going from 6.5 million hectares to 13.5 million hectares. That is a lot of parks and protected lands which require a lot of work and dollars to maintain. Source: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/events/history/
The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
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As always, the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-opfor supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.
The mission of the FMCBC is to advocate for safe self-propelled activities (such as hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and other backcountry activities) and the protection of BC's backcountry for current and future generations to experience.